Mt. Vernon Library District Receives $ 25,000 Cares Act Grant, Using It To Provide Internet Access To The Public | KSNF / KODE
MOUNT VERNON, Missouri – Due to the pandemic, many people and organizations have received money for the Cares Act.
This includes the âBarry-Lawrence Regional Library Districtâ. the district library in Mount Vernon is using the money to create more hot spots.
In 2020, the library received a Cares Act grant of just over $ 25,000. With this money, he was able to buy 30 hotspots. Previously he had zero.
âIt’s a nice feeling to know that we are able to put Internet access into the hands of our customers or our customers. We have so many people who are not served, that they cannot afford Internet service financially, or who cannot even get it where they are, âsaid Gina Milburn – Director of the library.
Today, Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft was in town for an official check delivery, saying the library’s Wi-Fi is crucial to the community.
âIt helps people get educated. If you have a kid, someone with a Chrome book who needs it to do their job, they need Wi-Fi. People are looking for jobs online, they use library connectivity, âsaid Jay Ashcroft, Missouri Secretary of State.
And library director Gina Milburn couldn’t be more grateful for her support.
âSecretary of State Ashcroft is a big supporter of libraries, and it is good to know that our lawmakers care about libraries and are trying to do the best they can for their constituents,â Milburn said.
“Libraries are where people who want to teach themselves new skills who want to be able to maybe help other people with tutoring, they can learn that and I think that gets the most out of it. people, âAshcroft said.
Library officials say more than 500 people used the property’s Wi-Fi last month alone. Monett’s location also received a grant to help with early literacy stations and computers for staff and the public.